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Top 10 Worst Crimes Committed by Black Metal Musicians

Posted on February 17, 2011

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9. Niklas "Ghoul" Kvarforth

Shining vocalist Niklas Kvarforth has become legendary for his disturbing behavior. His collection of scars from thousands of self-inflicted cuts, misanthropic views and claims that some listeners have actually committed suicide under the influence of Shining's music, have captivated listeners for 15 years and 6 albums of "suicidal black metal." Kvarforth disappeared in July 2006 and rumor was spread that he too had committed suicide. On August 23, 2006 the band posted a statement on their website that they would continue with a new singer named "Ghoul", requested by Kvarforth as one of his final wishes.

At the concert that took place on February 3, 2007 at Diezel in Halmstad, Sweden, "Ghoul" was revealed to be Kvarforth.

The concert was violent in nature, sparking controversy in the Swedish media, with Kvarforth assaulting the audience and the guest vocalists, Attila Csihar and Maniac (Mayhem) and Nattefrost (Carpathian Forest). Razorblades were handed to members of the audience, and one person was kicked in the chest after grabbing Kvarforth's genitals; who was in turn exposed to numerous physical assaults by Maniac. One member of the audience recalls the kicking:

"A couple of songs are finished and Kvarforth is standing with zipped up leather pants and some drunk Swede touches his crotch. Kvarforth looks shocked and shouts 'Don't touch me,' before he kicks the fan in the chest."

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